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Possible alternative to Acrobat for Mac users

Ernest Svenson

Learning how to manipulate PDFs is critical if you want to efficiently capture and process digital information. Acrobat is the most obvious tool for the job, but the story is a bit more complicated for Mac users. If you don't need all of its features, Acrobat Pro is somewhat pricey, and Acrobat Standard is unavailable for Mac systems. PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson makes a case for his preferred Mac-based Acrobat alternative.

Enterprise & Government   September 05, 2011

EDITORIAL: The next "PDF-killer"

Dan Shea

The release of the new Computable Document Format (CDF) has been reported by some as ringing the death-knell of PDF. In this article, Dan Shea talks about the strengths, obstacles and possibilities for the new "PDF-killer".

Enterprise & Government   August 07, 2011

EDITORIAL: Control versus convenience with eBooks

Dan Shea

There has been a lot said, printed, blogged and tweeted about eBooks over the years, both good and bad. Recently, the main focus of this discussion has been the issue of copyright, along with its close companions, document security and piracy. In this article, Dan Shea takes a trip down memory lane and outlines his position of cautious optimism about the future of eBooks.

Enterprise & Government   July 23, 2011

Raising the bar

Frank Rem

Frank Rem from TallComponents writes about his experiences with PDF forms. Specifically, he sought to include a QR barcode on a PDF form, and to have it dynamically updated with the value of another form field. This article chronicles his trial and error efforts to accomplish this task in Acrobat.

Enterprise & Government   July 08, 2011

How will Acrobat's new sandbox play with my workflow?

Dan Shea

Following the addition of sandbox technology to Adobe's flagship product, people (including we at Planet PDF) have been keen to nail down the practical implications of the move. Sure, it makes PDF viewing safer, but how will it affect my elegant PDF document workflow? In this article, Dan Shea takes a look at some of the finer points of "Protected View", Acrobat's new bodyguard.

Enterprise & Government   June 30, 2011

Latest Acrobat patch beefs up security, adds sandbox

Dan Shea

Unfortunately, exploiting security vulnerabilities in Adobe's PDF products has become something of a growth industry. In response, Adobe has released major security updates to Reader (last November), Acrobat (two weeks ago) and their corresponding web browser plug-ins. These updates integrate "sandboxes" to isolate the software from system resources.

Enterprise & Government   June 27, 2011

Reader Extensions: Under the hood

Frank Rem

If a PDF document has Reader Extensions enabled, then certain features that are normally only available in Adobe Acrobat are also available in the free Adobe PDF Reader. These features include saving (form) data locally and applying digital signatures. Frank Rem takes a look "under the hood" to gain a better understanding of how Reader Extensions works.

Enterprise & Government   June 01, 2011

What are you putting in your PDF files?

Mark Stephens

PDF files are generally judged on how they appear. The problem is that a well-crafted PDF (basically, one that works) and a horrible PDF (one that doesn't) can look identical onscreen. Mark Stephens from IDRsolutions explains how to spot the difference and why it matters.

Enterprise & Government   April 19, 2011

EDITORIAL: Most PDF viewers can't handle PDF/X

Dan Shea

Report cards are in after VIGC recently tested PDF viewers for compatibility with PDF/X (PDF-based standards for printing). Sadly, the most common grade was "F". Dan Shea sings a few bars in praise of the humble Adobe Reader, and explains why you might want to save a little extra hard drive space to use it over its "leaner" competitors.

Creative & Print   April 07, 2011

EDITORIAL: Should malformed PDF files be automatically repaired?

Rowan Hanna

PDF files come in all shapes and sizes. They vary from relatively simple to mind-numbingly complex. PDFs can also differ in their degree of conformance to the PDF specification -- the bad ones are often called malformed PDFs. In this article, Rowan Hanna discusses the pros and cons of Adobe Acrobat automatically repairing these malformed PDF files.

Developer   March 21, 2011

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: E-learning security case study

Canada Care Global (CCG) needed to protect training courses which are available for download from its web site from being copied and distributed without the company's knowledge. This case study outlines how CCG used LockLizard Safeguard PDF Security to protect its training programs from piracy.

Enterprise & Government   March 07, 2011

PDFs and their content - Part 2

Jim King

In the final part of this two part series, Jim King, a PDF Architect and Senior Principle Scientist at Adobe, takes a closer look at PDF forms as he discusses the editablility and resuse of content found in PDF files and highlights the fact that despite some people's misperceptions, PDF content is only frozen if you choose it to be.

Developer   January 22, 2011

PDFs and their content - Part 1

Jim King

In this two part series, Jim King, a PDF Architect and Senior Principle Scientist at Adobe, discusses the editablility and resuse of content found in PDF files and highlights the fact that despite some people's misperceptions, PDF content is only frozen if you choose it to be.

Developer   January 12, 2011

Federal courts move to require PDF/A for e-filing

Ernest Svenson

Federal courts are moving towards adopting PDF/A as the standard format for electronic filing, which is prompting many attorneys to say, "What is a PDF/A?" PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains in this piece on this trend.

Enterprise & Government   December 14, 2010

Acrobat X is out in the wild, but you might not recognize it

Rowan Hanna

Hot off the production line, Acrobat X has just been released with a handful of new features and a slick new look. Planet PDF's Rowan Hanna takes a closer look at the changes and speculates about whether Adobe has gone far enough with its redesign.

Enterprise & Government   November 23, 2010

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